OJC Practical Nursing

Certificate

 

The Practical Nursing Certificate exit option is designed to provide education to prepare the student for practice as a licensed practical nurse after completion of the first two semesters of the ADN RN program. Upon admission to the nursing program the student may opt to stop after the first two semesters and take the optional Transition into Practical Nursing course and receive a Certificate of Practical Nursing. The curriculum follows the criteria for the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model and is specifically constructed to promote career mobility between Nursing educational levels.

Successful completion of the Practical Nursing Certificate requirements for graduation also entitles the graduate to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the State Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing.

1. The student must apply for general college admission to Otero Junior College. Applying to OJC is free and can be completed online at: www.ojc.edu/apply_ojc.aspx or a print copy can be downloaded from that site. Student must be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate.

2. Complete required pre-admission courses (Pre-requisite Courses) with a grade of C or higher for each course and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for the five listed courses. A higher GPA will receive a higher admission score. The science courses must be completed within seven years of the application date of the program.

Required Pre-Admission Courses (Pre-requisite Courses)

English Composition I (3 credits)
Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

3. Apply to the nursing program at OJC using the Online Application available at www.ojc.edu/nursingApplication.aspx.

4. Provide official transcripts confirming completion of Pre-requisite courses and GPA to the OJC Nursing Department.

5. Complete the Accuplacer Reading and Math tests within six months of application to the Nursing Program. The minimum Reading score is 80. Minimum Math score is Elementary Algebra (EA) 61. Higher scores on each test will receive a higher admission score. To schedule contact the Student Services Office at 719-384-6831.

6. Evidence of permanent residence in the OJC Service area of Bent, Otero and Crowley counties is not required but will receive points toward admission.

7. A clear criminal background check and urine drug screen (to be completed when instructed by the OJC Nursing Department). See the Disqualifying Offenses document for more information at http://www.ojc.edu/currentstudents/departments/nursing/Disqualifying_Offenses10.pdf.

8. Evidence of Nurse Aide Certification or honorable military service is not required but will receive points toward admission score.

9. Attendance at a Pre-Nursing Information session with the Nursing Retention Specialist. Call 719-384-6878 to schedule.

10. All admission criteria must be submitted to OJC or the Nursing Office by the Nursing admission deadlines. For the full admission criteria and admission deadlines go to www.ojc.edu/nursingasociatedegree.aspx.

11. A deadline will be set and students who have completed all of the admission criteria will be admitted from the top score down until all slots are filled. To fill any vacant slots, a second and third deadline will be set and remaining and newly qualified applicants will be considered and admitted from the top scores again until slots are filled. Admission deadlines are posted on the OJC website at www.ojc.edu/nursingasociatedegree.aspx.

 

Graduation Requirements

A. Students must fulfill all requirements of the College for receiving a certificate of completion.
B. The graduate of nursing must pass all courses with a minimum grade of "C"
C. Graduates must be competent in calculations of medications. Students are required to pass a medication proficiency examination at 100% mastery in order to progress to the summer semester of the program. (See the Nursing Student manual for further information).

For more information contact the OJC Nursing Department at 719-384-6898. Legal Requirements for Practical Nursing Licensure

Before becoming licensed, students must answer the following questions:

A. “Have you ever been convicted of a crime or have you ever accepted a court plea of guilty or nolo contendre? Have you received a deferred judgment or deferred prosecution?”
B. “Are you now, or were you for the 12 months preceding the date of this application, addicted to any controlled substance; a regular user of any controlled substance without a prescription; and/or habitually intemperate in the use of intoxicating liquor?”

If any question is answered “yes,” students need to meet with the director of the Nursing Department for counseling because the Colorado State Board of Nursing has specific requirements for licensure.

 

PRACTICAL NURSING

Traditional Schedule

Subject to change without notification. Contact the OJC Nursing Department office for the most current information.

Admission Requirements

Credits

  • BIO 201
  • BIO 202
  • ENG 121
  • PSY 235

 

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • English Composition I
  • Human Growth and Development

All with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3

 

First Semester  
  • NUR 109
  • NUR 112
  • HPR 108 HWE 100
  • MAT 103
  • BIO 204
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Basics Concepts of Pharmacology
  • Dietary Nutrition/Human Nutrition
  • Math for Clinical Calculations
  • Microbiology
  • 8
  • 2
  • 1/3
  • 3
  • 4
Second Semester  
  • NUR 106
  • NUR 150
  • NUR 169
  • Medical and Surgical Nursing Concepts
  • Nursing Care of Obstetric and Pediatric Clients
  • Transition to Practical Nursing
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5

 

PRACTICAL NURSING CURRICULUM

Evening and Weekend Schedule

Subject to change without notification. Contact the OJC Nursing Department office for the most current information.

Admission Requirements

Credits

  • BIO 201
  • BIO 202
  • ENG 121
  • PSY 235

 

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • English Composition I
  • Human Growth and Development

All with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3

 

Summer Semester  
  • MAT 103
  • HPR 108 HWE 100
  • Math for Clinical Calculations
  • Dietary Nutrition/Human Nutrition
  • 3
  • 1/3
Fall Semester  
  • NUR 109
  • BIO 204
  • NUR 109 Nursing Skills & Concepts
  • BIO 204 Microbiology
  • 8
  • 4
Spring Semester  
  • NUR 106
  • NUR 112
  • NUR 150
  • NUR 106 Medical Surgical Nursing I
  • NUR 112 Basics Concepts of Pharmacology
  • NUR 150 Nursing Care of OB & Pediatric Clients
  • 9
  • 2
  • 6
Summer Semester  
  • NUR 169
  • NUR 169 Transition to Practical Nursing
  • 5
Recommended Courses for traditional or evening and weekend schedules:

The following courses are recommended to complement the required nursing program courses. Students are encouraged to register for these courses as their schedule will allow:

  • CHE 101
  • CIS 118
  • ENG 122
  • HPR 178
  • PSY 101
  • PSY 102
  • SOC 101
  • COM 115
  • Intro to Chemistry
  • Intro to PC Applications
  • English Composition II
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Psychology I
  • General Psychology II
  • Introduction to Sociology I
  • Public Speaking
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3

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